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I've been in contact with one of the people behind DRAG, a fantastic looking racing game which will come to Linux soon. The fun fact is that the game engine is custom built under Linux too. The developer I spoke to, Thorsten Folkers, wanted us to announce it early to gather a bit of interest. They certainly have my full attention, that's for sure. 

I have to say, I'm really excited about this one. Not just because we don't have enough good racing games, but because of all the detail that's going into making it. They're simulating 4-suspension physics to make the car really feel realistic, just take a look at this:

The crazy thing is—this is built by two people, two brothers in fact.

As for the game engine, it's built to use OpenGL 4.5 with Vulkan possibly coming at a later date. They've been working on this for a while, with the game engine being a private side-project since 2001. They said the game engine really started to come together sometime in 2011, when they decided to really take it further. It's been a long road for them, but with a release coming soon they will finally be able to see what people really think of it.

It will feature:

  • Singleplayer
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Splitscreen Online Multiplayer
  • Realistic physics, suspension and driving mechanics
  • Support for all common Gamepads
  • Windows / Linux (Steam OS) support from day one
  • Available on Steam early access in 2018
  • Price 29.99$

Here's some more gifs they sent me, I've converted them to small video files to save your bandwith:

 And another one to show off the damage model:

If you want to read more on it, they've been keeping a development log here. They also did some more background info here in a post here.

I've been told we will get a Steam key to check it out next month and the current plan for release is around March/April, this is one to firmly mark on your calendar. Looks like it could be a serious amount of fun and good racing games is something Linux certainly needs a lot more of. If it really is anything like the shots they're showing off, it really could be a big hit with gamers.

Note: Article updated to be clear that the release is expected in March/April.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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catskinsox 19 January 2018 at 10:46 am UTC
That must be Liam driving on that last gif. ;)
Xpander 19 January 2018 at 10:46 am UTC
hmm, only the first gif works for me, rest doesnt work even when i open them in the new tab. edit: downloaded gifs and they work

Anyway looks amazing. Will probably buy it right when it hits the steam.


Last edited by Xpander at 19 January 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
liamdawe 19 January 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
Xpanderhmm, only the first gif works for me, rest doesnt work even when i open them in the new tab.

Anyway looks amazing. Will probably buy it right when it hits the steam.
Possibly plugin or something blocking in, fine for me in both FF and Chrome - tested both in a private session. Also works fine on my phone...
Xpander 19 January 2018 at 10:50 am UTC
liamdawe
Xpanderhmm, only the first gif works for me, rest doesnt work even when i open them in the new tab.

Anyway looks amazing. Will probably buy it right when it hits the steam.
Possibly plugin or something blocking in, fine for me in both FF and Chrome - tested both in a private session. Also works fine on my phone...

ohh i'm silly i had image animations turned off from browser settings, all fine now weird that the first one worked even with the animations turned off
Perkeleen_Vittupää 19 January 2018 at 10:56 am UTC
Xpanderhmm, only the first gif works for me, rest doesnt work even when i open them in the new tab. edit: downloaded gifs and they work

Anyway looks amazing. Will probably buy it right when it hits the steam.

I wonder why webm is still not a thing
raneon 19 January 2018 at 11:07 am UTC
Wow, it looks really promising. And with Vulkan Support it is a definite purchase for me.
Alm888 19 January 2018 at 11:24 am UTC
And what about DRM-free release?
dvd 19 January 2018 at 11:28 am UTC
I'm not really into racing games, but this looks awesome, i might pick it up!
TheRiddick 19 January 2018 at 11:30 am UTC
Looks pretty fancy, I wonder if terrain is deformative based, and if you can knock over pushes and trees (assuming your going fast enough). Either way it looks pretty damn good, I will definitely look at getting it once released.

The first gif must be the game in some sort of advanced mode with extra hud data showing up on tires and terrain.


Last edited by TheRiddick at 19 January 2018 at 11:31 am UTC
madpinger 19 January 2018 at 11:32 am UTC
This looks really sexy. Def exciting. The price point is a bit high for my budget but I'll def toss it on the wish list to pick up when I can afford it eventually. Potentially wait till it's out of EA as well.

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